Software Goes to School: Teaching for Understanding with New Technology

Paperback | February 1, 1997

EditorDavid N. Perkins, Schwartz, Judah L., Mary Maxwell West

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As American students confront the multiple challenges of standardized tests, international comparisons, and drop-out pressures, educators and policy makers are seeking bold new teaching approaches with increasing urgency. One such approach--the introduction of innovative computer technologiesinto the classroom--has met with enthusiasm among students and instructors alike. Software Goes to School brings together leading experts to offer an in-depth examination of how computer technology can play an invaluable part in educational efforts through its unique capacities to support thedevelopment of students' understanding of difficult concepts. Focusing on three broad themes--the nature of understanding, the potential of technology in the classroom, and the transformation of educational theory into practice--the contributors discuss a wealth of subjects central to any effortsthat intend to improve our schools. Topics range from the difficulties students encounter when learning new ideas (especially in science and mathematics), to how the right software allows for hands-on manipulation of abstract concepts, to the social realities of the educational environment. Livelyand engaging, the book is must reading for students, researchers, and professionals in educational psychology, developmental psychology, software design, and for others who hope to see new technologies have a positive impact on our schools.

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Software Goes to School offers an in-depth examination of how computer technology can play an invaluable part in educational efforts through its unique capacities to support the development of students' understanding of difficult concepts.

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As American students confront the multiple challenges of standardized tests, international comparisons, and drop-out pressures, educators and policy makers are seeking bold new teaching approaches with increasing urgency. One such approach--the introduction of innovative computer technologiesinto the classroom--has met with enthusiasm ...

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Software Goes to School offers an in-depth examination of how computer technology can play an invaluable part in educational efforts through its unique capacities to support the development of students' understanding of difficult concepts.

David N. Perkins is Co-director of Project Zero, Associate of the Educational Technology Center, and Senior Research Associate, all at the Harvard Graduate School of Education. Judah L. Schwartz is Professor of Engineering Science and Education at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, and Professor of Education and Co-director a...
Format:PaperbackDimensions:304 pages, 9.17 × 6.14 × 0.75 inPublished:February 1, 1997Publisher:Oxford University Press

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ISBN - 10:0195115775

ISBN - 13:9780195115772

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ContributorsIntroductionPART I: Understanding Understanding1. Raymond S. Nickerson: Can Technology Help Teach for Understanding?2. Marianne Wiser: Use of History of Science to Understand and Remedy Students' Misconceptions about Heat and Temperature3. Susan Carey and Carol Smith: On Understanding the Nature of Scientific Knowledge4. Carlos E. Vasco: History of Mathematics as a Tool for Teaching Mathematics for Understanding5. David N. Perkins et al.: Inside UnderstandingPART II: Using Technology to Make a Distinctive Contribution6. Judah L. Schwartz: Shuttling Between the Particular and the General: Reflections of the Role of Conjecture and Hypothesis in the Generation of Knowledge in Science and Mathematics7. Joseph Snir, Carol Smith, and Lorraine Grosslight: Conceptually Enhanced Simulations: A Computer Tool for Science Teaching8. James J. Kaput: Creating Cybernetic and Psychological Ramps from the Concrete to the Abstract: Examples from Multiplicative Structures9. E. Paul Goldenberg: Multiple Representations: A Vehicle for Understanding Understanding10. Judah L. Schwartz: The Right Size Byte: Reflections of an Educational Software DesignerPART III: Connecting Educational Research and Practice11. Martha Stone Wiske: A Cultural Perspective on School-University Collaboration12. Magdalene Lampert: Managing the Tensions in Connecting Students' Inquiry with Learning Mathematics in School13. Joseph Snir and Carol Smith: Constructing Understanding in the Science Classroom: Integrating Laboratory Experiments, Student and Computer Models, and Class Discussion in Learning Scientific Concepts14. Steven H. Schwartz and David N. Perkins: Teaching the Metacurriculum: A New Approach to Enhancing Subject-Matter Learning15. Margaret Vickers and Jane Smalley: Integrating Computers into Classroom Teaching: Cross-National PerspectivesIndex

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Software Goes to School offers an in-depth examination of how computer technology can play an invaluable part in educational efforts through its unique capacities to support the development of students' understanding of difficult concepts.